The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that holds the Secret of America’s Future by Jonathan Cahn
Looking on Amazon.com I can see that there are already 4,497 reviews for this book. I just added one more. This is definitely a book which stimulates a response whether it’s positive or negative. I noticed that it got 3,403 5 star ratings, so apparently most of the reviews were favorable. But those that were fewer than 3 stars were very negative, with many feeling that buying the book was a waste of money and reading it was a waste of time. Personally, I found this book fascinating.
If you have not read The Harbinger yet, here’s a short summary. It is a book that attempts to relate biblical prophecy, specifically Isaiah 9:10-11, to events happening in America today. The information is presented to us by a story within a story. In the story’s present, Nouriel Kaplan relates the events that happened to him when he met the Prophet to Ana Goren. While he relates the tale it takes on the form of a narrative in the first person. So the story switches back and forth from Nouriel to Ana, then from the Prophet to Nouriel.
The tale begins when someone mails Nouriel a clay disk with mysterious inscriptions on it. He didn’t know what it was or who had sent it. He didn’t know what to do with it, so he put it into his pocket and went for a walk. Eventually he met a person he eventually dubbed the Prophet. There were meetings that spanned several years in which the Prophet gave Nouriel several more clay seals, each one a harbinger of warning. As the story progresses real factual events become part of the tale–all documented in the notes at the end of the book.
What do you call a contemporary story based on historically verified events, but which is conveyed through fiction? Is it called contemporary historical fiction? Whatever you call it, the device works well and the story moves along at a great pace. I found it hard to put down. It’s written in such a style that should appeal to a wide variety of readers, including teens and young adults. The premise is thought provoking.
A few months ago I was privileged to preview a YouTube movie called The Harbinger Decoded. I watched that before I read this book. It is basically the book condensed down to a 63 minute documentary. You can view the trailer to the video here.
My review of this documentary can be viewed here.